THE NORTH WEST COMPANY
Some fifteen years after the British conquest of New France the Montreal-based fur trade was revived, primarily by Scots. Competition among individuals and small partnerships led to larger groupings, culminating in 1779 in formation of the first North West Company. Reconstitued 1783-4, the organization became a vital factor in the economy and exploration of this nation. Many of its partners and employees were drawn from among the Highland settlers of Glengarry County. Notable figures in the Company indluded: Bejamin and Joseph Frobisher, Simon McTavish, William McGillivray, Simon Fraser, Sir Alexander Mackenzie and David Thompson. Ruinous competition between the North West and Hudson's Bay Companies finally compelled them to unite in 1821.
Archeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
|The NORWESTERS and LOYALIST|
The museum housed by this heritage property has
exhibits relating to the North West Company.